Hill Country Furnishings With Southwestern Flair: Could This Be Your Style?


Do you like leather furniture with a flair?  Do you like the look of  different types of  hides on sofas and chairs?  With curves and lots of detail work?  A room with rustic furniture, maybe some Southwestern accents, the look of logs, or natural wood?  Then perhaps you lean toward Hill Country Style.  Hill Country decor offers a unique warmth and personality to a space. You won’t get quite this same “vibe” from any other style category.  These pictures below from Anteks detail the look with flair. 

Living Room Notice the curves on the sofa back and arms of this interesting piece; also the scalloped edge above the legs. They’ve combined a couple of leather textures here, added detail in the wood edging and detailed the arms with nail heads.  This piece is paired this with the upholstered club chair on the right and the interesting chair peaking in on the left.  Great look!  (You don’t have to carry it this far with the Indian accents if that’s a bit much for you.)  You can tone this down a bit and still have that swanky, ever-cool Hill Country vibe.

Log Bunk Bed For those of you who love that rustic look these unique bunk beds made from logs might be perfect for you. 


Bedroom I like the painted wood floor with this rustic bedroom.

Master Bedroom Rustic meets elegant with this beautiful bedding.


Log Cabin Bedroom Not so sure about animal heads in my bedroom can you say ca-reepy?!), but some people might like this sort of thing.  (Whatever floats your boat!) I like the rest of the room, though! 


Cozy dining area.  Great chairs, don’t you think?


Hill Country Dining

Elegant dining with a cozy, interesting flair.  How about that chandelier?  Notice the front of these chairs are different from the backs?

Dining Room

Again, rustic meets elegant for “fine” dining.  Check out the interesting lighting…..and the brick walls.  Details, details…..they make the difference.


Cow Hide Chair

Love this cowhide chair and tree branch lamp.    

Living Area With Oversize Ottoman

Wonderful seating:  Camel back sofa with the combination of leathers and curved arms.  Great chair with its own unique personality.  And how about that incredible ottoman!  Gotta love it!  Hill Country at it’s finest!

More great chairs with the Hill Country flair:

Southwestern Highback


Club Chair


Cow Hide And Leather Chair


Leather Chair

As I’ve said before I LOVE the Hill Country look.  Love it!  If this is your style pay close attention to all the details above when planning your space.  Remember – the details make the difference.  You can play up the Southwestern flavor or tone it down a bit and still have that classic, unique Hill Country space. 

Happy Decorating, Y’all!

Enhancing The Interior Of Your Home With The Warmth Of Exterior Stone


Using stone (and I mean rugged natural outdoor stone) to enhance the interior of a home is one of those things that not everyone is willing to do simply because of the expense.  And, no doubt it can be pricey.  But, as they say – OMG! – what a difference a dollop of stone can make.  It creates such a unique personality and character to a space and adds instant warmth to any room .  This home is a Whitestone Model Home in San Antonio I designed and decorated with my friend and fellow designer, Diane, for a local design studio.  


We wanted the Hill Country vibe so common in San Antonio and chose to use as much natural stone as we were given the thumbs up by the builder to do.  Notice the warmth in this kitchen just by virtue of the stone.  Cool, huh?

Kitchen 3

The stone is also placed on the wall behind the cabinets, and used on the back splash down to the granite countertop.  This combination of granite, the natural stone and the staggered brick pattern in the slate floor creates a kitchen that is full of charm and interest. 

Coffee Bar

This little area above is a coffee bar with the granite counter top and distressed cabinets in a black finish for even more texture.  Isn’t it cute?

Cabinets and Vent-a-Hood


Entry Hall

We bordered this entrance to the kitchen with hardwood encasing the slate tile.  We had the tile placed at a 45 degree angle to add a twist in the detail.  Notice the slate pattern changes to the brick pattern in the kitchen.  The slate floor compliments all the natural stone beautifully.

Stone Entrance

This cool stone doorway is off the dining room.  I love the way the arch here mimic’s the arch behind it leading into the kitchen and allows just a peek at the stone in the kitchen as well.


In the dining room we designed a stone wall with a wine shelf to fit just inside the stone casing.   This gives the dining room a “stately” wine cellar feel which is, of course what we were shooting for. PS:  We had fun collecting all the wine bottles for display!  (They had to be empty in order to leave them here – but, no worries – they were “emptied” over an extended period of time – and some were given to us by friends and restaurants.)

Stone Dining Room Wall

So if you are in the market for a new home or in the throws of planning a remodel consider the use of stone.  Yes, it does cost you a penny or two (well, okay, more than that), but it’s one of those details that just can’t be beat.  When compiling your list of priorities for your home, maybe stone can replace some other detail you can live without.  It’s worth checking into and pricing out. I have found that so often it’s the things you don’t do that were on the “wish list” verses the things you opt to do that causes more regrets.  Is it your dream home?  Is it your once in a lifetime remodel?  Think it through……you might just find you can swing it after all.  And, personally, I think you will be very glad you did. 


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